Carl Livingston, Jr.
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September 12, 1921 ~ May 2, 2010
CARMEL, CA - Carl Livingston, Jr., a fourth generation Californian and third generation San Franciscan, died after a long illness on May 2, 2010. Carl was born September 12, 1921 and married his beloved wife of 60 years, Jean Anne Smith, on April 3, 1948. Carl and Jean raised their children, Carl Livingston III (Chip) and Sally Ann in San Francisco.
Carl was a graduate of Lowell High School Class of 1939 and Stanford University Class of 1943. He then served as a Forward Observer in the 104th Timberwolf Division of the Field Artillery unit during World War II. Carl went on to become president of the family- owned specialty chain, Livingston Brothers, founded in 1876 and based in San Francisco.
Active in San Francisco's business and community organizations, Carl served as the president of the Guardsman and of the Stockton-Sutter garage and was a member of the board of Fort Mason. He was also president of the Specialty Store Association in New York City and wrote a bi-monthly column, Retail Review, for the San Francisco Business Times. He had a passion for tennis and dominoes, and he founded the World's Championship Domino Tournament to benefit the Hunter's Point Boy's Club, which was sponsored by the San Francisco Chronicle for 25 years. He served two terms as president of the California Tennis Club and was a member of the Bohemian Club. In 1999, he wrote and published a memoir dedicated to his grandchildren called, Life is a Journey.
Retiring in 1990, Carl and Jean moved to Carmel, where he served as Chairman of the Carmel Planning Commission and was a board member of All Saints Episcopal Day School. He joined the Old Capital Club, the Pebble Beach and Tennis Club, and the John Gardiner Tennis Club.
Carl is survived by the love of his life, Jean Anne; his son, Chip (Leslie) and a daughter, Sally Ann (Richard Goldman); grandchildren, Andrew, Erica Jean, and Sarah; as well as by his brother, Barry Livingston (Carol); ex sister-in-law, Barbara Livingston; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He will be remembered as a true gentleman - kind, generous, always of good humor, truly a prince of a man. He will be sorely missed by his family and friends.
Carl died at the medical center of the Carmel Valley Manor. His family would like to thank the medical staff of the Manor for their tender care.
Private services were held in San Francisco. Donations may be made to The Guardsman in San Francisco, P.O. Box 29250, San Francisco, CA 94129 or to Stanford University Office of Development, P.O. Box 20466, Stanford, CA 94305.
Published in The Monterey Herald on May 6, 2010